Student Life

Arts: The arts are a pathway for learning. St. Mary of the Angels School incorporates art classes and arts appreciation into our educational experience, which inspires our children to embrace school, while expanding their depth and breadth of understanding core subjects.

  • Studio Art includes trained art instruction that focuses on both art history as well as art skills and techniques. Students develop an appreciation for artists and their style throughout history, with a focus on ancient, classical, impressionism and modern art. Such breadth of art awareness can inspire the students as they imitate great artists and find their own creative voice.
    • Art Class is offered as a part of the curriculum, twice per week, in grades K-8th grade. In our PreK program, art is incorporated into all that they do, and then formal art instruction will begin when a student enters Kindergarten.
    • After-School Art Club: In addition to weekly art instruction, students have the opportunity to further explore their creative voice in our after school art clubs, or through photography in our yearbook/photography club.
  • Music: All students in Prek-8th grade receive music instruction during the school day. Through music education, our students come to identify their talents and gifts, and respond to the beauty of God’s world. They develop an appreciation for the creative talents of musicians of different time periods, places and cultures.
    • Music Class is offered as a part of the curriculum, twice per week, in grades PreK-8th grade.
    • Additional Music Programming:
      • Violin Lessons- Music For Kids offers weekly violin lessons both during and after the school day. These lessons follow the Suzuki method of teaching and are offered as an additional service for our students and families!
      • Concert Choir- Our students are welcome to join the SMA Concert Choir which works with our music director in setting the music for our weekly mass and seasonal concerts.
      • Glee Club- Students are also welcome to join the after school Glee Club where children can explore all types of music, both past and current, and discover a joy of singing and performing.
      • Band- Band is available for students grades 3-8, and is an excellent opportunity to pursue instrument instruction
  • Dance:
  • Our 2nd-6th grade students participate in a fabulous dance program through Chicago Dance Institute during their 2nd semester. Chicago Dance Institute is a not-for-profit arts education organization that brings dance to Chicago’s youth. CDI operates as a catalyst to engage children and motivate them towards excellence. It is founded with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children, while developing a standard of discipline, confidence and expression. SMA is proud to have been the programs very first school hosts, and we look forward to continuing this partnership!